The role of fatigue in medical malpractice cases

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

Doctors, nurses, and other medical staff provide a vital service in helping those with injuries and various ailments get suitable treatment. Those in the medical profession often work long hours over short periods of time. While this is admirable, it can lead to impairments in their ability to provide the best treatment.

Research suggests that up to 75% of medical staff have admitted to feeling fatigued at some point and that fatigue impacts their ability to treat patients. Recognizing fatigue as a serious issue in the medical profession could be the first step in finding a solution.

How does fatigue impact medical staff?

To perform at an optimal level, our brain requires sleep. In fact, sleep and rest breaks are often part of doctor recommendations to their patients. A lack of sleep can result in a reduced ability to focus, make clear decisions, and perform more complex tasks like surgery.

What does this mean for you as a patient?

Whether your condition is critical, severe, or minor, you need to be treated effectively. Minor conditions do not always stay that way if they are not tackled adequately in the first instance. Untrained people could not dream of performing complex medical procedures such as surgery, which is why they entrust professionals. An error in surgery or misdiagnosis of a condition could have life-changing consequences and may even be fatal in extreme circumstances.

If you feel that a medical institution has been negligent in your treatment—for whatever reason—there may be legal options open to you. Speak with the attorneys at Sutten Law Group, LLC, by calling (505) 990-RICK (7425) to discuss what it takes to file a medical malpractice claim.